For those too sick to work, ACA gives hope
My uncle, a 52-year-old in excellent health, was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer this month. He was given two to four years to live and started his first round of chemo last week.
His condition has rapidly deteriorated, and we were afraid he would not be able to work any longer, which we thought meant he would lose his health insurance, and then be unable to procure health insurance on the private market because of his pre-existing condition.
However, then we realized that this is what the Affordable Care Act was designed to prevent. Because of the ACA, after Jan. 1, 2014, private insurers will no longer be able to exclude or discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions.
This means that if my uncle has to quit his job because he is too sick to work, he will be able to purchase health insurance on the private market. This has been a huge weight off our minds, and made me realize how important the ACA is.
What would the Republicans have people like my uncle do if they are successful in their attempts to defund Obamacare? Simply go off and die without health insurance?
Quit his whining and pull himself up by his bootstraps? If they are so opposed to the ACA, I would like to hear what alternative they propose for people like my uncle who become too sick to work, but still desperately need health insurance.
EMMA DENNY, Minneapolis
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Does NFL hold owners to a different standard?
“It is important that the NFL be represented consistently by outstanding people as well as great football players, coaches and staff. We hold ourselves to higher standards of responsible conduct because of what it means to be part of the National Football League.” So says Commissioner Roger Goodell.
A man of his word, Goodell suspended Adam “Pacman” Jones for the entire 2007 season after multiple felony charges were filed against him. And four players and four coaches from the New Orleans Saints were suspended as part of the Saints bounty program.
So what should the NFL do with owners who are fined $84.5 million and whom a judge said acted in “bad faith and evil motive”? Are players and coaches held to one standard and owners to another? Are these the kind of people Minnesota and Minneapolis should be enriching with public financing for a stadium? The NFL should expect more, and Minnesota should demand better.
ANDRE JOHNSON, St. Paul
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